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09/10/2014 - 12:21pm
Remarks to the congregation at Edina Community Lutheran Church by Lee Blons after the Edina City Council vote Sept. 2 allowed 66 West to move forward By Lee Blons | Martin Luther King felt that the lesson of the Good Samaritan is revealed in the question that we choose to ask ourselves. Do...
09/04/2014 - 3:35pm
By Sarah Mollet | I’m a Minnesotan, I suppose, since I’ve been here longer than anywhere I’ve ever lived before. And as a Minnesotan, I camp. If I were to assign a taxonomic rank to my camping it would be: Princess. Not quite of the species Glamping — oh...
08/27/2014 - 9:40am
One of my colleagues suggested yesterday (mostly in jest) that we invite Miley Cyrus to our next fundraiser, now that she’s promoting housing for homeless youth. So I guess it's time to 'fess up before the National Enquirer gets the story: Miley Cyrus and Beacon Interfaith...
08/21/2014 - 5:08pm
These comments were made by Betsy Cruz, a suburban high school teacher, to the Edina Planning Commission on Aug. 13: Tonight, I would like share my perspective as an educator about why the 66 West Apartments are so important for our homeless youth. I learned early on in my teaching career to...
08/20/2014 - 4:21pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Housing Project Manager Sarah Larson, pictured at center, with Beacon's new projects team. How long have you worked at Beacon?: 6 years Describe your job: I take a project when it’s still just an idea and work on the nuts...
08/08/2014 - 5:30pm
By Michael Dahl | How do you make sense of the homelessness you see? I see lines outside our shelters and my heart hurts. I hear of kids dealing with the “toxic stress” of homelessness and a lump grows in my throat. How do we let this happen? How?! To some, this may seem a...
08/08/2014 - 12:10pm
By Laura Vitelli | I’ve been thinking a lot about home lately. More than usual, in fact. But, I’ve been thinking more about it on a macro level—the geographic place I call home, my city, my neighborhood. My home is West Saint Paul. I love it there. I enjoy the small town feel...
07/29/2014 - 10:16am
By Maura Schnorbach | Ed note: Last week’s scheduled public hearing regarding our proposal for youth housing had been on the Edina Planning Commission agenda for weeks. More than 170 people showed up at Edina City Hall July 23 to support this housing, known as 66 West. Yet the...
07/22/2014 - 4:07pm
I hope these links get you thinking about the importance of stable housing and other supportive resources in the lives of ordinary Americans. Warning: May Shatter Stereotypes. ReThink Housing has a series of videos about the value of public housing. Veterans, college students, parents,...
07/17/2014 - 10:40am
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Accountant and Office Manager Lynn McEachran.  How long have you worked at Beacon?  I can’t believe it’s already been two years! Describe your job - not necessarily your official job description but what you really do...

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